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US20080019758A1 US11/811,132 US81113207A US2008019758A1 US 20080019758 A1 US20080019758 A1 US 20080019758A1 US 81113207 A US81113207 A US 81113207A US 2008019758 A1 US2008019758 A1 US 2008019758A1
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A lip applicator generally relating to the application of a variety of products, including lipstick, lip gloss, lip balm, or any such beauty aid, to one's lips. The lip applicator disclosed herein may be held during use, but is adapted for upright placement on a table-top or other flat surface during non-use. The lip applicator disclosed herein facilitates the facile, rapid, and reliable application a lip product, and may be of particular import in those settings requiring the repeated or frequent application of a beauty aid to one or more people's lips, such as the set of a motion picture or theatrical performance.

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    CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This application claims priority to U.S. patent application Ser. Nos. 60/832,338 and 60/879,180, filed Jul. 21, 2006 and Jan. 8, 2007, respectively, both of which are hereby incorporated by reference in their entirety.
  • BACKGROUND
  • The present disclosure relates generally to an apparatus for applying lipstick, lip gloss, lip balm, or any such beauty aid to one's lips. There are many cosmetic and other lip products on the market, including, for example, lip gloss, lip sticks, and lip balm. While some lip products may be applied by a finger or a brush, many are dispensed using an applicator. For example, lip sticks are usually applied through the use of an applicator that incorporates a lip product disposed within a receptacle. The receptacle is generally a recessed member designed to hold a portion of one end of the product, the remainder of the product extending therefrom. As is common, the receptacle may incorporate a mechanism that allows the user to extend and retract the product as desired.
  • One of the problems with applicators is the ease, speed, and consistency with which a lip product may be applied. This problem is especially evident in the context of a performance setting, such as the set of a theatre or a motion picture. In such circumstances, it is often necessary to repeatedly apply a lip product to the lips of a single performer, or to the lips of a great multitude of performers. In this setting, it would be desirable to be able to do so very quickly in preparation for the next scene or segment of a performance. Accordingly, applying such products using an individual lip stick, for example, may be cumbersome or impractical given the need for accuracy and caution during application to ensure that the lip product is applied evenly and correctly to the performer's lips.
  • Therefore, a need exists for a product that facilitates facile, rapid, and reliable application a lip product.
  • SUMMARY
  • In one embodiment, a lip applicator is disclosed which includes a base portion having at least one surface configured and dimensioned to stabilize the lip applicator in a free-standing orientation, a stem portion, and a generally lip-shaped applying portion. The stem portion has a proximal end connected to the applying portion and a distal end connected to the base portion. In one embodiment, the proximal end of the stem portion is releasably connected to the applying portion, and in another embodiment, the applying portion is configured and dimensioned to rotate relative to the stem portion.
  • In one aspect of the present disclosure, the lip applicator further includes one or more applicator sponges that are selectively engagable with the applying portion.
  • The present disclosure contemplates that the stem portion may include first and second stem portions that are configured and dimensioned to be selectively movable with respect to one another. In one embodiment, the first and second stem portions are configured and dimensioned such that the first stem portion may be telescopically received within the second stem portion.
  • In still another embodiment, the base portion is at least partially composed of a semi-resilient material. In another embodiment, the base portion includes a cavity defined therein that is dimensioned to house or retain a beauty aid. It is contemplated that the base portion may be configured and dimensioned to selectively extend or releasably engage the beauty aid, or that the base portion may be integrally associated with therewith.
  • In one embodiment of the present disclosure, the lip applicator includes an applying portion that is configured and dimensioned to transition from a first position, in which the applying portion is configured for the application of a beauty aid, to a second position, in which the applying portion is configured for storage. In one embodiment, the applying portion includes a hinge portion that permits the selective folding of the applying portion thereabout prior to transitioning from the first position to the second position.
  • According to another aspect of the present disclosure, a lip applicator is disclosed which includes an applying portion, a stem portion that supports the applying portion, and a base portion that is operatively connected to the applying portion through the stem portion. In this embodiment, the base portion is at least partially semi-resilient such that the base portion may be selectively deformed from a first position, in which a beauty aid is retained therein, to at least one subsequent position, in which the base portion is at least partially deformed such that the beauty aid is at least partially expelled therefrom, subsequently traversing the stem portion, and exiting onto the applying portion.
  • In one embodiment, the lip applicator further includes a bladder disposed within the base portion that is configured and dimensioned to retain a beauty aid therein. In this embodiment, the bladder is in communication with the stem portion and is at least partially semi-resilient such that the bladder is selectively deformable from a first position to at least one subsequent position. In the first position, the bladder remains undefomed and the beauty aid remains therein. In the at least one subsequent position, however, the bladder is at least partially deformed such that the beauty aid is at least partially expelled therefrom, subsequently traversing the stem portion, and exiting onto the applying portion.
  • In another embodiment, the base portion is selectively engagable with the stem portion, and in an additional embodiment, the base portion defines a recess therein that is configured and dimensioned to selectively receive at least one cleaning sheet. In yet another embodiment, the base portion includes at least one surface that is at least partially reflective.
  • The present disclosure also contemplates a kit which includes a base portion, a stem portion having a proximal end connected to an applying portion and a distal end connected to the base portion, and a plurality of applicator sponges configured and dimensioned to selectively engage the applying portion. The present disclosure contemplates that the applicator sponges may have a beauty aid disposed thereupon.
  • These and other features of the microwave tissue treatment device and method of use disclosed herein will become more readily apparent to those skilled in the art from the following detailed description of various embodiments of the present disclosure.
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  • Various embodiments of the present disclosure are described hereinbelow with references to the drawings, wherein:
  • FIG. 1 is a front, perspective view of a lip applicator in accordance with the principles of the present disclosure;
  • FIG. 2 is a front, perspective view of a lip applicator, in accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure, including a selectively extendible stem portion;
  • FIG. 3 is a front, perspective view of a lip applicator, in accordance with another embodiment of the present disclosure, including a base portion with a cavity dimensioned and configured to retain a beauty aid therein;
  • FIG. 4A is a front, perspective view of a lip applicator, in accordance with the embodiment of FIG. 3, shown in a first position;
  • FIG. 4B is a front, perspective view of a lip applicator, in accordance with the embodiment of FIG. 3, shown in a second position;
  • FIG. 5A is a front, perspective view of a lip applicator, in accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure, shown in a first position, including a release mechanism and a cavity dimensioned and configured to receive a stem portion and an applying portion;
  • FIG. 5B is a front, perspective view of the lip applicator of FIG. 5A, shown in a second position;
  • FIG. 6A is a front, perspective view of a lip applicator, in accordance with another embodiment of the present disclosure, shown in a first position, that includes a release mechanism, a selectively foldable applying portion, a stem portion, and a base portion with a cavity dimensioned and configured to receive the stem portion and the applying portion;
  • FIG. 6B is a front, perspective view of the lip applicator of FIG. 6A shown in a second position;
  • FIG. 7A is a front, perspective view of a lip applicator, according to one embodiment of the present disclosure, that includes a conduit disposed within a stem portion, and an applying portion having an aperture;
  • FIG. 7B is a front, perspective view of a lip applicator, in accordance with another embodiment of the present disclosure, including a conduit disposed within a stem portion, an applying portion having an aperture, a base portion, and a bladder;
  • FIG. 8 is a front, perspective view of a lip applicator, in accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure, including a base portion that defines a recess;
  • FIG. 9 is a front, perspective view of a lip applicator, according to another embodiment of the present disclosure, including a base portion with a reflective surface;
  • FIG. 10 is a side, plan view illustrating the use of a lip applicator in accordance with the principles of present disclosure;
  • FIG. 11 is a front, perspective view of a lip applicator, according to yet another embodiment of the present disclosure, that includes an applicator surface configured to retain an applicator sponge;
  • FIG. 12A is a front, perspective view of a sheet that includes a multitude of applicator sponges varying in size; and
  • FIG. 12B is a front, perspective view of a sheet that includes a multitude of applicator sponges of one particular size.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS
  • Specific embodiments of the lip applicator disclosed herein will now be described in detail with reference to the foregoing figures, wherein like reference numerals identify similar or identical elements. In the drawings, and in the description which follows, the term “beauty aid” may refer to a lipstick, a lip gloss, or any such product that may be topically applied to one's lips. In addition, the term “user” may refer either to the person to whom the beauty aid is applied, or to the person handling the lip applicator and applying a beauty aid to the lips of another. Finally, the terms “proximal” and “distal” will be understood as referring to those portions of the lip applicator that are closest to, and furthest from, respectively, the applying portion, as defined below.
  • Referring now to the drawings, FIG. 1 generally illustrates a lip applicator 10 for applying a beauty aid 12 to one's lips (see also FIG. 10). Lip applicator 10 includes a generally lip-shaped applying portion 14, which is configured to retain beauty aid 12 thereon, a stem portion 16 that extends distally from and supports the applying portion 14, and a base portion 18 that is configured to support the lip applicator 10 in an upward, or free-standing orientation, as seen in FIG. 1, if so desired.
  • In each embodiment of the present disclosure described herein, a variety of configurations and sizes are contemplated for applying portion 14, such that lip applicator 10 may be compatible with a greater multitude of user's.
  • Base portion 18 may be configured to facilitate handling and may include various contours, scallops, protuberances and/or gripping surfaces to enhance a user's grip thereof. The base portion 18 includes a bottom surface 20 which is configured and dimensioned to stabilize the lip applicator 10 atop a table or other surface 22 when not in use. Bottom surface 20 may be configured and dimensioned in any suitable manner that facilitates the stabilization of lip applicator 10. Configurations for bottom surface 20 may include, but are not limited to, a flat surface, a concave surface, a surface including independent support legs, or a surface that includes an adhesive mechanism, e.g., a suction-cup, as would be appreciated by one of ordinary skill in the art. As depicted in FIG. 1, bottom surface 20 is flat and rectilinear in shape, but a base portion 18 having another geometric configuration, or an ornamental shape, is not beyond the scope of the present disclosure. Bottom surface 20 may also be textured, or may include a plastic, rubberized, or any other suitable surface that may enhance the stability and/or handling of lip applicator 10.
  • Referring still to FIG. 1, applying portion 14 is generally “lip-shaped”. This configuration allows for the even and facile application of a beauty aid 12 to one's lips. The present disclosure contemplates that applying portion 14 may be integrally formed with stem portion 16 through any suitable method or mechanism including, but not being limited to, screws, adhesives, or monolithic formation therewith. It is further contemplated that applying portion 14 may be releasably connected to stem portion 16, again through any suitable method, including, but not limited to, a snap-fit arrangement or interference fitting, such that applying portion 14 may be selectively engagable therewith, or replaceable.
  • In one embodiment, as seen in FIG. 2, lip applicator 100 includes an applying portion 114, a stem portion 116, and a base portion 118. It is contemplated that applying portion 114 and base portion 118 may each be releasably or integrally connected to stem portion 116. Stem portion 116 includes a first portion 116 a configured and dimensioned to be selectively movable with respect to a second portion 116 b. First and second stem portions 116 a, 116 b may allow for continuous or incremental movement with respect to one another such that applying portion 114 may be adjusted relative to base portion 118 during or prior to use.
  • First and second stem portions 116 a, 116 b may be configured and dimensioned in any manner such that one of the first and second stem portions 116 a, 116 b is movable in relation to, and may be received by, the other, e.g. telescopically. In the embodiment depicted in FIG. 2, first stem portion 116 a is telescopically moveable in the direction indicated by arrow “A” within lower stem portion 116 b, such that lip applicator 100 is selectively extendable. In an alternate embodiment, it is contemplated that second stem portion 116 b may be received by, and may be movable within, first stem portion 116 a, again enabling the selective extension of the lip applicator 100.
  • In another embodiment, as seen in FIG. 3, lip applicator 200 includes an applying portion 214, a stem portion 216 and a base portion 218 that defines a cavity 224 therein which is dimensioned to releasably retain a beauty aid 212. Beauty aid 212 may be releasably engageable with base portion 218 through any suitable mechanism or structure including, but not limited to, snap-fit or interference fit arrangements, to allow for the selective removal, replacement, and/or substitution of various beauty aids, or beauty aid 212 may be integrally associated with, or formed within, base portion 218 such that beauty aid 212 may not be replaced, substituted, or removed therefrom.
  • Referring now to FIGS. 4A-4B, a lip applicator 300 is disclosed that includes an applying portion 314, a stem portion 316, and a base portion 318 rotatably connected to the stem portion 316 through any suitable mechanism or structural adaptation, such that lip applicator 300 may be selectively transitioned or moved from a first position to a second position.
  • In the first position, seen in FIG. 4A, beauty aid 312 is disposed within cavity 324, whereas in the second position, seen in FIG. 4B, beauty aid 312 at least partially extends therefrom. To move lip applicator 300 from the first position to the second position, and thereby selectively extend beauty aid 312 from cavity 324, either base portion 318, or stem portion 316, may be rotated. To move lip applicator 300 from the second position to the first position, and thereby selectively retract beauty aid 312, again, either base portion 318, or stem portion 316, may be rotated. In transitioning from the first position to the second position, or from the second position to the first position, base portion 318, or stem portion 316, may be rotated either clockwise, in the direction of arrow “B”, or counterclockwise, in the direction of arrow “C”.
  • In the embodiments shown in FIGS. 3 and 4A-4B, it is contemplated that the configuration and dimensions of the cavity may be varied such that base portion may accommodate a variety of beauty aids. In addition, with respect to each embodiment discussed heretofore, it is contemplated that the lip applicator may employ a plurality of cavities, each of which may vary in size and/or configuration, thereby allowing for the incorporation of a multitude of beauty aids. It is further contemplated, in each embodiment described thus far, that the stem portion may include two or more sections configured and dimensioned to be respectively movable with respect to each other, e.g., telescopically, as disclosed in the embodiment depicted in FIG. 2.
  • In FIGS. 5A-5B, a lip applicator 400 is disclosed that includes an applying portion 414, a stem portion 416, and a base portion 418. Lip applicator 400 further includes a release mechanism 426 and a cavity 424 defined in base portion 418 that is configured and dimensioned to removably receive stem portion 416 and applying portion 414, as will be discussed in further detail below. Applying portion 414 is movably secured to stem portion 416, e.g. rotatably or pivotably secured, such that applying portion 414 and stem portion 416 are selectively movable in relation to one another, either in the direction of arrow “D” or arrow “E”, from a first position, seen in FIG. 5A, to a second position, seen in FIG. 5B.
  • In the first or applying position, seen in FIG. 5A, lip applicator 400 defines a first height H1, and applying portion 414 is substantially horizontal in orientation, thereby facilitating the application of beauty aid 412 by a user. If desired, applying portion 414 may be rotated and moved into the second position, in which applying portion 414 is substantially vertical in orientation and at least a portion thereof is removably disposed within cavity 424, together with at least a portion of stem portion 416, as seen in FIG. 5B. In the second position, lip applying portion 414 may be substantially protected from the ambient, thereby remaining free of dust, particulates, or the like during non-use. In the second position, the overall height H2 of lip applicator 400 is substantially reduced when compared to that of lip applicator 400 in the first position. This reduction in height may facilitate the convenient storage or transport of the lip applicator 400, if so desired. It is contemplated that stem portion 416 may include two or more sections that may be configured and dimensioned to move with respect to one another in any suitable manner such that one of the portions may be movable in relation to, and may be received by, the other portion, e.g. telescopically, as depicted in the embodiment of FIG. 2.
  • Referring still to FIGS. 5A-5B, as discussed above, lip applicator 400 includes release 426. Release 426 maintains lip applicator 400 in either the first position, or the second position, until it is desired by the user to move therebetween. At such time, the user may actuate release 426 and configure the lip applicator 400 either for storage, or for use. Release 426 may be any mechanical mechanism suitable for the intended purpose of preventing the unintentional transitioning between the first and second positions, illustrative examples of which include, but are not limited to, a depressible button, a rotatable knob, or a slidable button set within a track 428, as seen in FIGS. 5A-5B.
  • FIGS. 6A-6B illustrate a lip applicator 500 having an applying portion 514 with two individual portions 514 a, 514 b and a hinge portion 530, a stem portion 416, and a base portion 418. Lip applicator 500 functions in a manner identical to that disclosed with respect to the previous embodiments depicted in FIGS. 5A-5B, in that lip applicator 500 is adapted to transition from a first, applying position, to a second storage position in which lip applying portion 514 and stem portion 516 are at least partially disposed within and removable from a cavity 524 in base portion 518.
  • Portions 514 a and 514 b are selectively foldable in the direction of arrow “G” relative to one another about hinge portion 530, such that the dimensions of applying portion 514 may be substantially reduced, thereby facilitating the storage thereof in base portion 518 while in the second position. In one aspect of the present disclosure, applying portion 514 may be manually folded about hinge portion 530 at the will of the user, whereas in another aspect, applying portion 514 may only be folded upon the actuation of release 526. Release 526, therefore, may serve dual purposes. First, release 526 may facilitate the folding of applying portion 514 about hinge portion 530. And second, release 526 may facilitate the movement or transition of lip applicator 500 from the first position, seen in FIG. 6A, to the second position, seen in FIG. 6B, or from the second position to the first position, as discussed above. In a further aspect of the present disclosure, lip applicator 500 may employ multiple, independent release mechanisms (not shown), one to permit the folding and/or the unfolding of the applying portion 514 about a hinge portion 530, and a second to permit the transition of the lip applicator from the first position to the second position. With respect to the folding and unfolding of the applying portion, the release, or releases, employed may be any mechanism or structural adaptation suitable for preventing against the inadvertent folding or unfolding of the applying portion.
  • With respect to the embodiments of FIGS. 5A-6B, the base portion may be configured and dimensioned to retain a beauty aid therein, either integrally or selectively, as disclosed in the embodiments of FIGS. 2-4B. It is also contemplated that the dimensions of the cavity may be varied such that base portion may accommodate a variety of beauty aids. In addition, the lip applicator may employ a plurality of cavities, each of which may vary in size and/or configuration, thereby allowing for the incorporation of additional beauty aids. It is also contemplated that the stem portion may include two or more sections that may be configured and dimensioned to move with respect to one another in any suitable manner such that one section may be movable in relation to, and may be received by, the other section, e.g. telescopically, as disclosed in the embodiment of FIG. 2.
  • Referring now to FIG. 7A, lip applicator 600 includes an applying portion 614 with an aperture 638, a stem portion 616 having a conduit 632 defining proximal and distal ends 634, 636 disposed therein, and a base portion 618.
  • Base portion 618 is configured and dimensioned to retain a beauty aid 612 therein, and is formed, either in whole or in part, of any resilient or semi-resilient material capable of transitioning from a first, initial position (not shown) to a second, deformed position (not shown), upon the application of a force “F” thereto, as may be appreciated by one of ordinary skill in the art. Force “F” may be generated by squeezing base portion 618, or in any other suitable manner, including, but not being limited to, twisting.
  • In the first position, base portion 618 is not subject to any external force. Accordingly, in this position, beauty aid 612 remains within the base portion 618. However, upon the application of force “F” thereto, the walls 640 of base portion 618 may begin to deform inwardly, thereby decreasing the volume of base portion 618, as would be appreciated by one of ordinary skill in the art, such that the beauty aid 612 may be forced outwardly therefrom. Conduit 632 is in fluid communication with base portion 618 such that beauty aid 612 may enter conduit 632 through the distal end 636 thereof upon expulsion from base portion 618, subsequently being communicated therethrough, and exiting onto applying portion 614 through proximal end 634 and aperture 638.
  • It is contemplated herein that base portion 618 may be rotatably secured to stem portion 616 such that the force “F” required to deform the base portion 618, and expel beauty aid 612 therefrom, may be generated through the rotation, or twisting, of base portion 618.
  • Base portion 618 may be selectively engageable with stem portion 616 through any suitable mechanism or arrangement, including, but not limited to, screw-type or snap-fit arrangements, such that base portion 618 and the beauty aid 612 retained therein, may be replaced when necessary or desired. Alternatively, base portion 618 may be integrally formed with stem portion 616 such that the lip applicator 600 may be considered disposable.
  • Referring now to FIG. 7B, lip applicator 700 includes an applying portion 714, a stem portion 716, and a base portion 718 having a bladder 742 disposed therein and secured thereto through any suitable means, including, but not being limited to, adhesives. Base portion 718 and bladder 742 may be formed, either in whole or in part, of any resilient or semi-resilient material capable of transitioning from a first, initial position (not shown) to a second, deformed position (not shown) upon the application of a force “F” thereto, again generated in any suitable manner. Conduit 732 is in fluid communication with bladder 742 such that a beauty aid 712, retained therein, may enter conduit 732 through a distal end 736 thereof upon being expelled from bladder 742, as discussed above with respect to the disclosure in FIG. 7A. Subsequently, beauty aid 712 may be communicated through conduit 732, and the proximal end 734 thereof, onto applying portion 714 through an aperture 738.
  • In one embodiment, base portion 718 may be rotatably secured to stem portion 716 such that the force “F” required to deform bladder 742 and expel beauty aid 712 therefrom may be generated through the rotation of base portion 718. In this embodiment, the force “F” created through the rotation of base portion 718 is transmitted to bladder 742 through the connection therebetween.
  • Base portion 718, and therefore bladder 742, may be selectively engagable with stem portion 716 through any suitable mechanism or arrangement, including, but not limited to, screw-type or snap-fit arrangements, such that base portion 718, bladder 742, and the beauty aid 712 retained therein, may be replaced when necessary or desired. It is further contemplated that base portion 718 may be integrally formed with stem portion 716 such that lip applicator 700 may be considered disposable.
  • In one embodiment, as seen in FIG. 8, lip applicator 800 is disclosed which includes an applying portion 814, a stem portion 816, and a base portion 818 that defines a recess 844 therein configured and dimensioned to releasably retain at least one cleaning sheet 846, e.g., a tissue or an anti-bacterial wipe, for selective distribution. Base portion 818 may be selectively engagable with stem portion 816 such that base portion 818, and the cleaning sheets 846 retained therein, may be replaced when necessary. It is further contemplated that base portion 818 may be integrally formed with stem portion 816 such that lip applicator 800 may be considered disposable.
  • In another embodiment, as seen in FIG. 9, a lip applicator 900 is disclosed that includes an applying portion 914, a stem portion 916, and a base portion 918 including at least one reflective surface 948. Reflective surface 948 may be disposed on any suitable surface of base portion 918, including, but not limited to, any face 950, or the bottom surface 952. Reflective surface 948 may also be disposed in any other suitable location, including, but not being limited to applying portion 914. It is further envisioned that base portion 918 itself be formed, in whole or in part, of a reflective material, thereby obviating the need for an additional reflective element.
  • Referring now to FIG. 10, a lip applicator 1000 is illustrated. As illustrated, base portion 1018 and/or stem portion 1016 may be grasped by the user. Applying portion 1014 may then be raised and pressed to the user's lips, either by the user, or by another party, as shown. Applying portion 1014 is then pressed against the user's lips until such time that the desired beauty aid (not shown) is sufficiently applied thereto.
  • FIG. 11 discloses yet another embodiment of the present disclosure. Lip applicator 1100 is generally similar to lip applicator 10 shown in FIG. 1 and includes applying portion 1114, stem portion 1116, and base portion 1118. Applicator 1100 further includes an applicator surface 1154 configured to releasably retain an applicator sponge 1156. Applicator sponge 1156 has a general configuration mimicking that of applicator surface 1154. Applicator sponges of various shapes and sizes, in particular, but not limited to, small, medium, and large sponges 1156 a, 1156 b, 1156 c may be used in conjunction with lip applicator 1100 dependent upon the labial characteristics of the person to whom a beauty aid (not shown) need be applied.
  • In preparation for use, the user orients applicator sponge 1156 with respect to applicator surface 1154 and applies a force thereto in the direction of arrow “H”. Applicator sponge 1156 may include an adhesive substrate (not shown) disposed on any suitable surface thereof, including, but not being limited to, underside 1158, which may releasably adhere to applicator surface 1154. Applicator sponge 1156 may also include a peel-away liner (not shown) to protect the adhesive substrate (not shown) prior to use. Any adhesive substrate may be employed, including water or liquid-activated adhesives. Alternatively, applicator surface 1154 may include an adhesive-like substance (not shown) which adheres to applicator sponge 1156 when placed upon applicator surface 1154. A reusable or tacky substance may be utilized to accomplish this purpose.
  • As best shown in FIGS. 12A and 12B, a plurality of applicator sponges 1156 a-1156 c, that may vary in size, may be arranged on sheet 1160 and sold as a package. Sheet 1160 may be made from a releasable film (e.g., wax-like paper) that allows a user to simply peel-away one or more sponges 1156 a-1156 c for use. Sheet 1160 may also simply be a support structure, e.g., cardboard, for selling a large number of sponges in a single package. After use, the user simply peels applicator sponge 1156 from surface 1154 and discards the sponge 1156.
  • The present disclosure contemplates that a beauty aid (not shown) may be pre-applied to applicator sponges 1156. To preserve the integrity of the beauty aid (not shown) prior to application, the beauty aid may by disposed beneath and protected by a peel-away film (not shown), or the like, as would be appreciated by one of ordinary skill in the art. Following the orientation of sponge 1156 atop applicator surface 1154, as describe above, the user may simply remove the protective film (not shown), and thereby expose the beauty aid (not shown).
  • From the foregoing and with reference to the various figure drawings, those skilled in the art will appreciate that certain modifications can also be made to the present disclosure without departing from the scope of the same. While several embodiments of the disclosure have been shown in the drawings, it is not intended that the disclosure be limited thereto, as it is intended that the disclosure be as broad in scope as the art will allow and that the specification be read likewise. Therefore, the above description should not be construed as limiting, but merely as exemplifications of particular embodiments. Those skilled in the art will envision other modifications within the scope and spirit of the claims to be appended hereto.

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1. A lip applicator, comprising:
a base portion including at least one surface configured and dimensioned to stabilize the lip applicator in a free-standing orientation;
a stem portion having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end being connected to the base portion; and
an applying portion connected to the proximal end of the stem portion, the applying portion being generally lip-shaped.
2. The lip applicator of claim 1, wherein the base portion defines a recess that is configured and dimensioned to selectively receive at least one cleaning sheet.
3. The lip applicator of claim 1, wherein the base portion includes at least one surface that is at least partially reflective.
4. The lip applicator of claim 1 further including an applicator sponge that is selectively engagable with the applying portion.
5. The lip applicator of claim 1, wherein the applying portion is releasably connected to the stem portion.
6. The lip applicator of claim 5, wherein the stem portion includes a first stem portion and a second stem portion, the first stem portion being configured and dimensioned to be selectively movable with respect to the second stem portion.
7. The lip applicator of claim 6, wherein the first and second stem portions are configured and dimensioned such that the first portion may be telescopically received within the second stem portion.
8. The lip applicator of claim 5, wherein the base portion includes a cavity defined therein dimensioned to house a beauty aid.
9. The lip applicator of claim 8, wherein the base portion is configured and dimensioned to selectively extend the beauty aid.
10. The lip applicator of claim 8, wherein the base portion is configured and dimensioned such that the beauty aid is releasably engagable therewith.
11. The lip applicator of claim 8, wherein the base portion is configured and dimensioned such that the beauty aid is integrally associated therewith.
12. The lip applicator of claim 5, wherein the applying portion is configured and dimensioned to rotate relative to the stem portion.
13. The lip applicator of claim 12, wherein the applying portion is configured and dimensioned to transition from a first position, wherein the applying portion is configured for the application of a beauty aid, to at least one subsequent position, wherein the applying portion is configured for storage.
14. The lip applicator of claim 13, wherein the lip applicator includes a hinge portion such that the applying portion is selectively foldable about the hinge portion.
15. The lip applicator of claim 5, wherein the base portion is at least partially semi-resilient.
16. A lip applicator, comprising:
an applying portion;
a stem portion which supports the applying portion;
a base portion operatively connected to the applying portion through the stem portion, the base portion being at least partially semi-resilient and selectively deformable from a first position, wherein the base portion retains a beauty aid therein, to at least one subsequent position, wherein the base portion is at least partially deformed such that the beauty aid is at least partially expelled therefrom through the stem portion and onto the applying portion.
17. The lip applicator of claim 16, wherein the base portion includes a bladder configured and dimensioned to retain a beauty aid therein, the bladder being in communication with the stem portion and disposed within the base portion, the bladder being at least partially semi-resilient and selectively deformable from a first position, wherein the bladder retains the beauty aid therein, to at least one subsequent position, wherein the bladder is at least partially deformed such that the beauty aid is at least partially expelled therefrom through the stem portion and onto the applying portion.
18. The lip applicator of claim 17, wherein the base portion is selectively engagable with the stem portion.
19. A lip applicator kit which comprises:
a base portion;
a stem portion having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end being connected to the base portion;
an applying portion connected to the proximal end of the stem portion;
a plurality of applicator sponges configured and dimensioned to selectively engage the applying portion.
20. The lip applicator kit of claim 19, wherein the plurality of applicator sponges includes a beauty aid disposed thereupon.
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